These authors all have international reputations: did our disregard for them spring from the hopeless Canadian impulse towards self-effacement? In the end, I was happy to write about A Vindication of the Rights of Women , by Mary Wolstonecraft, a woman who had as much time for "self-effacement" as she had for sweet helplessness. Looking at the final list, I can see that we chose to define "greatest" as "most influential.
We never managed to shoehorn a Canadian book into the pantheon.
But our list does capture 50 great examples of the world's greatest books. I massively enjoyed my experience of working on The Globe's list. This isn't because I'm entirely in favour of lists as a phenomenon per se - and trying to decide impossibilities such as whether Shakespeare should be represented by Hamlet or King Lear gave me something approaching a mild migraine - but through it all I was sustained by the passion of the other judges, their depth of knowledge and an opportunity to add titles to my personal list of books unread and to re-examine my own passion for reading.
Lists, prizes, competitions: They are all - at a certain level - superfluous, if not plain silly, but they can represent a moment when we get to sit down and remember the voices we have loved, the first time we met ideas that have penetrated so deeply they have helped to make us who we are. They can offer an opportunity to catch a taste of those early years when a reader discovers how magnificent it is to be inhabited by another mind, to be led into the territory of miracles, dreams, prayers, to rush towards the end of a volume, knowing how peculiarly heart-breaking it will be when we have to leave it and yet being unable to stop, unable to leave that particularly intimate company we are given by authors living, dead, long gone, translated, archaic, arcane, funny, disturbing, challenging, companionable - the marvellous din of humanity singing its own existence and then going beyond that, making something out of nothing, out of Shakespeare's airy nothings.
I remembered throwing my first anthology of Raymond Carver stories across my student bedroom because his delicacy of construction and his silences just left me delighted and bewildered. I picked it up again immediately and still have it. I remembered first approaching Mario Vargas Llosa and the other magic realists and learning that the imagination could go to these places, too - could acknowledge very real fantasies, very fictional realities. I remembered Muriel Spark and R.
Stevenson making my gums hurt with their economy, humour and righteous insight. I remembered the roaring impact of the King James Bible from a Scottish pulpit. I remembered the intelligence, kindness and beauty of Chekhov's letters, the stark insights of Machiavelli, the strangeness of the Mabinogion and Gilgamesh and one long summer spent with nothing but a dog-eared copy of Hamlet to read - one of the best summers I've had.
I hope, if nothing else, that readers coming across the list can find a little of the love and joy that went into it and can compare it with their own, or start their own. Reading brings us treasures, freedoms and beauties limited only by humanity's ability to express them and - when we're at our best - that's really no limit at all. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.
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